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Sausal Creek Outpatient Stabilization Clinic


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2620 26th Avenue
Oakland, California  94601
510-437-2366 FAX


Crisis Spectrum Key Sausal Creek Outpatient Stabilization Clinic (“Sausal Creek”) provides services to any adult in Alameda County who feels that they cannot wait for routine mental health outpatient care. The clinic is open to referrals and walk-ins. Services are provided for people in acute distress or discomfort as a result of mental illness, difficulty with medications, or personal/family crisis.

Sausal Creek is a voluntary program providing a safe, respectful environment where people in crisis can receive mental health services. People can leave any time they choose. Our program is operated by Telecare Corporation under contract with Alameda County in California.

Sausal Creek Brochure 2015Click to downloadJust the Basics

Population Served: Adult (age 18+) residents of Alameda County experiencing a mental health crisis.
Funded by: Alameda County


All services are person-centered with the goal of stabilizing individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. We provide:

Office Hours

Crisis Services

Psychiatric assessments by a psychiatrist are typically available on-site between the hours of 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the week. When possible, please call ahead to confirm the psychiatrist’s schedule.

Admission Criteria

Adult residents (age 18+) of Alameda County who feel they cannot wait for routine mental health outpatient care. We primarily serve individuals without insurance or those with Medi-Cal or Medicare. Residents with private insurance are only seen under special circumstances.

We cannot accept individuals who:

Referral Process

Referring agencies may call our main number at 510-437-2363 during business hours to speak with a clinician. We welcome walk-ins.

Contacting a Family Member

Family members can contact consumers by calling them directly on their personal cell phones.

Per HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines, staff members cannot release any client information without a signed authorization.

What Makes Us Different

Sausal Creek functions as an alternative to psychiatric emergency services. However, our niche is in providing services to consumers who are either uninsured or underinsured.

In 2011, Sausal Creek became an enrollment site for potential candidates of Alameda County's low-cost health plan for the indigent, Health Plan of Alameda County (HPAC).  This enrollment period allowed some consumers to have some type of health care for the first time in their adult lives.

After successfully enrolling 1,161 consumers between July 1, 2011 and January 31, 2014, Sausal Creek's roster of uninsured consumers gradually decreased from 37% (FY 2011-2012) to 15% (FY 2012-2013) to 12% (FY2013-2014). In fact, during February 2014, all 313 of the consumers served had some type of health plan. This was the first time this had happened at Sausal Creek in the history of the clinic's existence. This was also directly related to the ability of HPAC recipients to convert their Alameda County Health Care Plans to Medi-Cal, Alameda Alliance, or some other insurer during the Covered California enrollment period.

We strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for all of our consumers and their families. 

About Telecare

Founded in 1965, Telecare is one of the nation’s largest family — and employee-owned, providers of adult mental health services to county and state governments, and behavioral health organizations. With over 2,400 employees and over 60 programs in multiple states, Telecare provides a full range of services and supports to individuals with serious mental illness. Telecare delivers eight major categories of services, as well as innovative programs tailored to individuals with co-occurring issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, or involvement in the forensic system.


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